University of Notre Dame Graduate Studies

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LLM in International Human Rights Law

University of Notre Dame Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General (Graduate Level)
International Law and Legal Studies (Graduate Level)
Length:1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $119,440

Tuition fees are converted from US Dollars to Canadian Dollars. Amount may vary based on exchange rate.


More than 500 lawyers from over 100 countries have graduated from our LL.M. Program in International Human Rights Law — a joint program of Notre Dame Law School and the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights. Our graduates’ commitment to human rights, as well as the rigor and richness of their academic life at Notre Dame Law School, has established our LL.M. program as among the most prominent in the world. Our graduates are regularly selected to clerk for regional human rights courts as well as to work at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, among other important global appointments.

Applicants to our LL.M. are inspired by their compassion for victims of human rights violations, but often lack the technical skills and theoretical grounding required for strategic human rights lawyering. Ensuring that our students gain competency in the substantive and procedural aspects of international human rights law is our first priority. As the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., said of lawyers during the dedication of the Notre Dame Law School library, “compassion without competence would be a cruel hoax upon those they serve.”


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants to the LL.M. in International Human Rights Law MUST possess a J.D. degree from a U.S. law school approved by the ABA Section of Legal Education or an LL.B. (or equivalent degree) from an accredited law school in a foreign country.
    Application Notes :

    Application Materials:

    • LSAC CAS report
    • Personal statement
    • “Why Notre Dame Law School?” statement
    • Resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • English language proficiency examination
      Additional Admission Requirements:
      • Letter(s) of Reference
      • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
      • Statement of Research Interests

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on December 19, 2022